The pineapple plant (Ananas comosus) is a very popular fruit of a tropical plant.

It is a bromeliad, native to parts of Brazil & Paraguay. The native people of Brazil and Paraguay who first cultivated it called it “anana,” or “excellent fruit”. Highly regarded for its intense sweetness, the pineapple fruit was a staple food for the feasts and rites of these native peoples.

Pineapple fruit health benefit is very useful for any condition involving inflammation except for people who are allergic to it. This fruit is one of the richest natural sources of bromelain, a protein-dissolving enzyme. Bromelain breaks up the fibres that hold areas of inflammation in place.

Very rarely bromeliads produce edible fruit, but pineapple is a unique fruit that is an edible bromeliad with multi vitamins. Benefits of pineapple assist to promote the digestion as its bromelain content aids to break & absorb the proteins and thereby giving relief to stomach upset problems. This also alleviates chest burns or any acidity symptoms. Bromelain consists of proteolytic enzymes, which breaks down the proteins to digest them faster.

Bone weakness or brittle bones due to old age will be taken care of by pineapple juice when people suffering from such issues consume it @ the trate of two cups twice a day. The reason is that this delicious fruit has manganese that assists in treating the mentioned health problems.

Bromelain present in the pineapple fruit is also known for its anti-inflammatory characteristics. Having this as a fresh fruit or juice on a daily basis will relieve pain in the joints, which is very common in osteoarthritis.

Bromelain is used in post-injury treatment because it reduces swelling and inflammation. Pineapple due to its extremely rich bromelain content ably reduces the  mucus associated with colds an flu. It is suggested that for the people who suffer from regular colds, this fruit can be consumed to have quick relief. Pineapple is also helpful to prevent sinus and allergies due to colds.

The fresh juice of pineapple discourages plaque growth and promotes a healthy oral condition. Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C giving certain protection against free radicals and encouraging healthier cells.

Studies have revealed that this fruit juice is effective in reducing mucus in tuberculosis patients. It destroys the bacteria in the stomach and intestines.

Some other important health benefits of pineapple & its bromelain power:

Pineapple acts as an important support diet during any antibiotic therapy. Bromelain helps your body to absorb antibiotics and reduces gastrointestinal side effects. Though you have to make sure that your body is not allergic to the antibiotic therapy that you are undergoing in the first place.

Pineapple is great for people suffering from Gout. Bromelain interacts with quercetin (found in almost all fresh fruits and vegetables) to help break up the uric acid crystals that are the focus of the pain.

It is a very handy food  for people reeling under knee pain, especially after  knee surgery. Bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes reduce swelling and improve mobility. Bromelain (like papain, found in papaya) interferes with the enzyme system that protects the worms from digestive acids and deals with the parasites.

Bromelain enhances relief from Wobenzym, and a couple of servings of pineapple a day may help relieve swelling. Pineapple also becomes a good help to people having pelvic adhesions after epistiotomy or hysterectomy

One caution note is that people who are affected with Hemophilia or  diseases related to the kidneys and liver should avoid using this fruit without consulting an appropriately qualified health worker.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 30th April 2010

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